Illustration major

When words aren’t enough, you complete the picture.

Change the visual landscape with cutting-edge illustrations and learn to communicate ideas clearly through pictures in our renowned Illustration program. You’ll master the latest technology, study under industry leaders, and go on to create beautiful works that tell stories through printed books, motion graphics, or fabric patterns. You’ll also grow as a creative in a school and city that embrace comics, through class projects such as Spitball, which pairs artists with professional writers, and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, which brings together cartoon storytellers, comic makers, and animators for professional panels, lectures, and more. You’ll graduate prepared—whether you’re starting your own business in publishing, designing video games, or doing concept designs for top entertainment companies. 

Our graduates go on to work as editorial illustrators, book illustrators, advertising designers, character and asset designers, designers for web and mobile, greeting card designers, video game designers, poster artists, apparel graphics designers, product and toy designers, newspaper graphic artists, fine artists, film effects creators, and freelance illustrators.

Get a good look at the Kinney Hall Lobby, where your new work will be on view

Launch Experience

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You'll have access to:

  • 3D illustration lab with small- and large-scale sculpting, molding, and casting equipment 

  • 2D illustration lab with scanners, black and white and color printers, drawing tables, open lounge space, Cintiq monitors, light table, drawing projectors, drawing tables, cutting table, mat cutter, cameras, and a cleaning sink 

  • Computer lab with Cintiq monitors, ZBrush, and Adobe software 

  • Access to printmaking lab and equipment 

  • Access to FabLab that includes 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machine, and spray booths 





Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Advertising designer
Apparel graphics designer
Book illustrator
Character and asset designer
Designer for web and mobile

Editorial illustrator
Film effects creator
Fine artist
Greeting card designer
Newspaper graphic artist

Poster artist
Product and toy designer
Video game designer

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Recent employers

American Greetings 
Bath & Body Works 
Cartoon Network 
CBS News 
DC Comics 
Disney Consumer Products

DreamWorks Animation 
Forever 21 
Marvel Comics 
Ogilvy & Mather 

Sony Pictures 
Wall Street Journal 
Williams Sonoma 


Find the right internship, write a standout resume, interview well, and land the ideal job for you.

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Credit hours

Requirement Hours
Program Requirements 60
CORE Studio Requirements 18
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42
Total 120

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Course information

Check out the Illustration course requirements.

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Associate Professor, Chair of Comics and Narrative Practice, Chair of Illustration
Comics & Narrative Practice, Illustration
Associate Professor
Comics & Narrative Practice, Illustration
Associate Professor
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Illustration, Liberal Arts, Business, Math & Entrepreneurship
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Illustration, Comics & Narrative Practice
Adjunct Instructor
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Adjunct Faculty
Illustration, CORE Studies
Adjunct Faculty
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Illustration is all about telling stories, from depicting culture to making a social impact and speaking to a commercial audience.